Statement

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In an age where mobile dating apps like Tinder, OkCupid and Grindr turn finding a partner into a series of effortless ones, zeroes and dick pics relayed across a 4G network, a girl has to wonder if there is such a thing as real dating anymore.

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I do not have the Ring of Peerless Destruction. I scour the mountains of Skyrim for it. I slaughter whole villages of bandits in my search. But still it eludes me, whispering from the dark.

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Why is it that this has become the strange bedtime routine of our generation?

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I feel like she’s been transformed into a caricature of whatever she was, and I want to free her from that.

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"My favorite book would probably be 1984 by George Orwell. I like it because although it is fiction, it shows us the harsh realities that we deal with every day with 'Big Brother'. It exemplifies our government in a very enticing way that is both interesting and terrifying."

- LSA Sophomore Shannon Smith

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Though the annual North American International Auto Show in Detroit is catered primarily to adults and car fanatics, it has very much become a family event. The massive halls were full of shiny new rides and children scrambling in, around, and over them, waiting for their doting parents to snap a picture.

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It’s been established that the Cool Girl trope forces women to mold their personalities and needs to what men want, but the idea of being universally attractive to men or having a girlfriend who requires literally no effort remains enticing.

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From the standpoint of an economist, it’s often difficult to measure the financial performance of a company in relation to the quality of its product. But sports offer a remarkably clear competitive market — there’s no ambiguity whether a team wins or loses.

 LSA Sophomore Shannon Smith pulls "To Kill a Mockingbird" off the shelf at Literati Bookstore.

There are bookstores that have allowed me to feel like the excitement and spontaneity of discovering books and sharing that with other people is alive and well. It gives me hope for those who lead lives as artists, writers and educators who depend on the power of the printed word and know what I mean when I talk about that nice “old book” smell.

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I want to take small pieces from each of my experiences and credit them to the person I am today. Without the time I spent in each of those places, and without the connections I made with those people, my life would be completely different.